Join us in Washington for January IACC - the US Govt's autism committee
Meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
Please join us for an IACC Full Committee meeting that will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. Onsite registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will also be available by live webcast and conference call.
Agenda: To discuss business, updates, and issues related to ASD research and services activities.
Bethesda Marriot Hotel
5151 Pooks Hill Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Medical Center (Red Line) in combination with a 26 minute walk or short taxi ride; parking available at the hotel those who drive
Visitors will be asked to sign in and show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver’s license, or passport) at the meeting registration desk during the check-in process. Pre-registration is recommended. Seating will be limited to the room capacity and seats will be on a first come, first served basis, with expedited check-in for those who are pre-registered.
The meeting will be remotely accessible by videocast and conference call. Members of the public who participate using the conference call phone number will be in listen-only mode.
Public Comment – Guidelines:
Any member of the public interested in presenting oral comments to the Committee must notify the Contact Person listed on this notice by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 5, 2018, with their request to present oral comments at the meeting, and a written/electronic copy of the oral presentation/statement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
A limited number of slots for oral comment are available, and in order to ensure that as many different individuals are able to present throughout the year as possible, any given individual only will be permitted to present oral comments once per calendar year (2018). Only one representative of an organization will be allowed to present oral comments in any given meeting; other representatives of the same group may provide written comments. If the oral comment session is full, individuals who could not be accommodated are welcome to provide written comments instead. Commenters will have 3-5 minutes to present their comments depending on the number of commenters, but a longer version may be submitted in writing for the record. Commenters going beyond their given time slot in the meeting may be asked to conclude immediately in order to allow other comments and presentations to proceed on schedule.
Any interested person may submit written public comments to the IACC prior to the meeting by e-mailing the comments to IACCPublicInquiries@mail.nih.govor by submitting comments at the web link: https://iacc.hhs.gov/meetings/public-comments/submit/index.jsp by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The comments should include the name and e-mail address for contact purposes, and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. NIMH anticipates written public comments received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 will be presented to the Committee prior to the meeting for the Committee’s consideration. Any written comments received after the 5:00 p.m. ET, January 9, 2018 deadline through January 16, 2018 will be provided to the Committee either before or after the meeting, depending on the volume of comments received and the time required to process them in accordance with privacy regulations and other applicable Federal policies. All written public comments and oral public comment statements received by the deadlines for both oral and written public comments will be provided to the IACC for their consideration and will become part of the public record. Attachments of copyrighted publications are not permitted, but web links or citations for any copyrighted works cited may be provided.
Public Comment – Deadlines:
Notification of intent to present oral comments: Friday, January 5, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. ET
Submission of written/electronic statement for oral comments: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. ET
Submission of written comments: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. ET
Individuals who participate using this service and who need special assistance, such as captioning of the conference call or other reasonable accommodations, should submit a request to the Contact Person listed below at least five days prior to the meeting. If you experience any technical problems with the conference call or webcast, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the IACC Meetings page for the latest information about the meeting, including remote access information, the agenda, materials, and information about prior IACC events.
Contact Person for this meeting is:
Ms. Angelice Mitrakas
Office of Autism Research Coordination
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
6001 Executive Boulevard, NSC
Rockville, MD 20852
John Elder Robison is an autistic adult and advocate for people with neurological differences. He's the author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and Switched On. He serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept of Health and Human Services and many other autism-related boards. He's co-founder of the TCS Auto Program (A school for teens with developmental challenges) and he’s the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a visiting professor of practice at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
The opinions expressed here are his own. There is no warranty expressed or implied. While reading this essay will give you food for thought, actually printing and eating it may make you sick.